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100 Years of Psychology of Concepts: The Theoretical Notion of Concept and Its Operationalization (2007)


The operationalization of scientific notions is instrumental in enabling experimental evidence to bear on scientific propositions. Conceptual change should thus translate into operationalization change. This article describes some important experimental works in the psychology of concepts since the beginning of the twentieth century. It is argued that since the early days of this field, psychologists' theoretical understanding of concepts has been modified several times. However, in all cases but one, these theoretical changes did not translate into changes in the operationalization of the notion of concept learning.

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Authors & Contributors
Heisenberg, Werner
Sigurdsson, Skuli
O'Malley, Maureen A.
Krause, Décio
French, Steven
Hoffmann, T.
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
History of Psychology
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Oxford University Press
Cornell University
University of Minnesota Press
Berghahn Books
Stanford University Press
Fundamental concepts
Experiments and experimentation
Theory (philosophy)
Philosophy of science
Foucault, Michel
Hilbert, David
Weyl, Hermann
Beijerinck, Martinus Willem
Goldstein, Kurt
Capanema, Gustavo
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, late
Central Europe: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Strasbourg (France)

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